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September 2009

Are American Apparel lay offs a replacement for raids?

By guest blogger Madhuri from the Restrore Fairness blog: “I am deeply disappointed that the Obama administration has failed to bring about immigration reform. Whereas I know he has the intention to do so, getting the job done is another story. Words from the farewell letter written by Dov Charney, American Apparel’s chief executive, to almost a quarter of his staff laid off because of a federal investigation that found irregularities in their documents.”

Extreme Groups Push Amendments to Bar Legal Immigrants, Block Millions from Buying Insurance

Today the Senate Finance Committee is considering several key amendments on immigration to the current health insurance reform legislation. The worst amendments are sponsored by Senators Kyl (R-AZ), Grassley (R-IA) and Ensign (R-NV). Check out this alert by reform advocates working on the intersection of healthcare and immigration policy — please take a moment to call your Senators now to oppose amendments that are bad policy for all Americans.

Get Your Tickets: 9500 Liberty at APA Film Festival This Thursday

Eric Byler and Annabel Park are local documentarians who have taken on the immigration debate in a unique, in-depth and innovative way.

Their latest film, 9500 Liberty, documents the intense debate over immigration in Virginia’s Prince William County when it, in Park’s own words, “passed a local ordinance that was considered the harshest local ordinance cracking down on illegal immigration.”

This Time, Rep. Steve King Throws the Free Market Under the Bus, Along with Immigrants

In the latest attempt to derail health care reform by blaming immigrants, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is up to the same old tricks – only this time, King wants to restrict access to the free market by individuals willing to pay for their own healthcare.

What set King off were two “Dear Colleague” letters circulating in the House of Representatives, where nearly two dozen Democrats made the case for allowing taxpaying, legal immigrants to access health care, and undocumented immigrants to purchase private health insurance in the “exchange” – with their own money, not taxpayer funds.

The civil-rights struggle of today

November 8, 2009, will mark the one-year anniversary of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcello Lucero’s brutal murder at the hand of seven high school teens in the infamously anti-immigrant Suffolk County, New York.

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